Fantasy Premier League

Rondon heads race for third striker slot

The Scout 15 Dec 2016
West Brom v Swansea

A headed hat-trick brings forward back on the FPL radar despite a challenging spell for West Brom

The Bonus Points

A hat-trick from Salomon Rondon (£6.5m) fired the West Bromwich Albion forward's total to 79 in the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points System (BPS), the highest tally of Gameweek 16.

The Venezuelan scored his first treble for the Baggies, all headers, to earn the maximum bonus points in a 3-1 victory over Swansea City.

Despite conceding late on, a pair of West Brom defenders earned the remaining bonus points on offer.

Deployed at left-back against the Swans, Chris Brunt (£5.0m) provided two assists via open-play crosses to score 36 in the BPS.

Fellow full-back Allan Nyom (£4.3m) collected the final bonus point with a hugely impressive defensive display.

He contributed 16 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), eight recoveries and won five tackles in Wednesday’s contest.

Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion
Chris Brunt (1.2% ownership) has 31 points in his last three home matches ahead of a GW17 visit from Man Utd

The Scout Notes

Rondon moved to seven goals for the season, only two behind his tally from his debut Premier League campaign in 2015/16.

He arrives on the radar at a time when FPL managers’ options for the third striker slot have been cut by injury to Southampton’s Charlie Austin (£6.6m).

The Saints man remains the most-sold forward heading into Gameweek 17, with Rondon second only to Liverpool’s Divock Origi (£6.8m) for transfers in.

Matt Phillips, West Bromwich Albion
Owned by 7.9% of managers, Matt Phillips has produced three goals and four assists in the last six Gameweeks

However, with Nacer Chadli (£6.2m) recalled and pushing for regular starts, Rondon is unlikely to retain spot-kick duties going forward.

Tony Pulis’ side also face three robust defences over their next three Gameweeks, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton to come in the short-term.

That will also test the potential of both Brunt and Matt Phillips (£5.5m).

The latter returned another assist in Wednesday’s victory to make it four over the last six Gameweeks, along with three goals.

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